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1 hour ago, rodders0223 said:

He probably knew it was a bad move, but it happens often especially in the Championship. Players think I'll join this club, good chance they get promoted, I'll get a huge wage raise, they will invest elsewhere and I can go on my holiday for 2 or 3 years full salary.

Jon Parkin talked about it once on a podcast when he joined Cardiff. Had no intention of staying in Cardiff.

Jesus. If that's Lovre's attitude then DS and co made the right call. 

Any chance you could dig out the link to the podcast? Would be interested to listen.

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5 hours ago, Steero113 said:

A good attempt, but just to correct your apparent lack of Sea Lion anatomical knowledge there, its penis is not located 3 feet above its head. 

Just an FYI.

Even when erect?

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14 hours ago, DevonIsAPlaceOnEarth said:

Surely has to go down as one of the worst signings in the history of the club 

Pretty bad but no McCormack. Did we actually do any scouting on him other than seeing that he had played for Croatia a few times?

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8 minutes ago, The Fun Factory said:

Pretty bad but no McCormack. Did we actually do any scouting on him other than seeing that he had played for Croatia a few times?

Fair shout. Just a very bizarre signing wasn’t he? Pursued for over a year, and never really fancied by management. Probably an overlap of the Suso regime.

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11 minutes ago, DevonIsAPlaceOnEarth said:

Fair shout. Just a very bizarre signing wasn’t he? Pursued for over a year, and never really fancied by management. Probably an overlap of the Suso regime.

We were first interested in 15/16. Long before Suso and even before we got relegated. He wasn't granted a work permit during that window if I remember correctly. Only for that he would have been signed in January 16. That still doesn't make it any less bizarre though. More, if anything.

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23 minutes ago, DevonIsAPlaceOnEarth said:

Fair shout. Just a very bizarre signing wasn’t he? Pursued for over a year, and never really fancied by management. Probably an overlap of the Suso regime.

Do you remember Berson? We spent all summer trying to sign him and then DOL hardly played him at all.

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4 minutes ago, The Fun Factory said:

Do you remember Berson? We spent all summer trying to sign him and then DOL hardly played him at all.

It was pretty clear from seeing Berson play that the reason it took all summer to sign him was the person responsible for his signature had no eyes.

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When I was in Croatia a few years back, I was told there that Kalinic had injured his elbow when he first arrived and couldn’t fully recover. Does seem odd how badly he has become and thought of when he was an international.

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7 hours ago, Steero113 said:

A good attempt, but just to correct your apparent lack of Sea Lion anatomical knowledge there, its penis is not located 3 feet above its head. 

Just an FYI.

If this guy was a Sea Lion it would!

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13 hours ago, slovenian said:

well... that escalated quickly, Hajduk is now out of Europe and Lovre is one of the scapegoats

Here is the (terrible) translation by google of the above link. It does describe the keeper we saw at Villa.:

In the last few years, Lovre Kalinic has gone through literally everything that a goalkeeper in football can go through. He was the first choice of Zlatko Dalić as Subašić's successor and made a career transfer to Belgium. He later sold to former European champions Aston Villa, and in the meantime returned home. This summer, the fan campaign for his stay in Poljud was overshadowed only by the nationwide movement to keep Marko Livaja. Today, three years after being a representative unit, Kalinic is one of Hajduk's weakest links. His mistakes marked the beginning of the season and sponsored his relegation from Europe In the first four games of this season, Kalinic conceded eight goals. He took the ball out of the net four times in Kazakhstan and twice against Lokomotiva in Zagreb and Osijek in Split. As much as the goalkeeping job was ungrateful, because the nature of his position is such that there is generally no teammate who can correct his mistake, the fact is that he is the direct culprit for most of those goals. It all started when Marko Dabro broke him in the first corner in Kranjčevićeva. A goalkeeper of his class must not concede such a goal from that position. After saving the net against Tobol in Split, Kalinic gave Osijek three gifts. Jurčević's goal may not be much to blame, but one relatively weak hand kick bounced off the opponent's tray. Shortly afterwards, he reacted badly to one long-range shot and gave a goal to Mierez, which was subsequently annulled due to the backcourt. He ended the game for oblivion with a bad reaction to the cross, when he again practically passed the ball to the opposing player. That the crisis in his form is obvious and serious, Hajduk felt in the most painful way possible. Tobol scored four goals from five shots on goal. He could have reacted better in each of the first three, but the fourth goal went entirely to his soul. Tagybergen pulled from a good 30 meters diagonally, and the ball somehow surprised Hajduk's goalkeeper and ended up in the net. Of course, defensive stability is highly related to the goalkeeper's self-confidence and it is normal for a goalkeeper to make mistakes more often when he does not have good enough line support behind him, but regardless of mitigating circumstances, there is no denying that Kalinic defends terribly. Moreover, at this moment, it is perhaps Hajduk's weakest link.

Hajduk brought him to be the holder. Now he has what he had in Posavac For two full seasons, Josip Posavec, a rediscovered potential from Italy, was the Whites' first goalkeeper. After the initial phase of playing with the defense and getting to know the team, it became obvious that Hajduk and he are not a good fit. He made mistakes very often, and in the growing HNL, where there are no free wins and points, that is a risk that a Hajduk like this cannot afford. With the sale of Karel Letica and the departure of Ivo Grbić in previous seasons, Hajduk was left without a tried and tested alternative. At that moment, the option of returning “Saint Lawrence” emerged, and that story was ideal for both sides. Kalinic warmed up the bench at Aston Villa for a year and a half and needed a new engagement as soon as possible. Hajduk needed not only a new goalkeeper who can help with his experience, but also a brand that will ignite the Hajduk regiment. He did solid last season with old difficulties with high balls and getting involved in the game, whether it was leaving his line or playing with the ball in his feet. The Split club also received ideal material for the captain, a local boy who is a great link with the fans and who can bring a dose of stability to the defense. Only half a year after that, the impression is that Hajduk has in it what it had in Posavac - a very good, but unreliable goalkeeper who can give a goal to his opponent at any time. One part of the fans very quickly turned to the phenomenon of burying players, which necessarily follows the phase of great euphoria, and Kalinic was among the first to be the target of criticism, but also of uncritical spitting. The truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle. Lovre Kalinic is not a world-class goalkeeper, but he is far from ignorant. He is a guy who was good enough to at least briefly take over a unit in the national team and a goalkeeper who in the not-so-distant past was one of the best in Belgium. Finally, this is a man who was given a salary of around two million euros by a serious and big club like Aston Villa. But precisely because he is of better quality than what he shows and because Hajduk brought him to make a difference, Kalinic has a great responsibility to wake up and help this team.

At the moment, his status in the national team is also very questionable. Livaković replaced him on Croatia's goal after several bad games and pushed him to "position number two", but currently Dalic has at least five goalkeepers who defend more convincingly and better than Kalinic. With 31 years on his back as a goalkeeper, the end of his career is probably far away, but the opportunity to prove his international quality is dwindling.

 

To cap off the article a poll with over 15000? votes has 85% voting for the national team manager to stop picking Kalinic 

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